Don decides

Back to: Surviving the Devil: A Song of Fire

Poem #5 from the ‘Surviving the Devil’ collection (unpublished)

Don across the road
is smiling tonight
putting his kids into the back seat
of the car

two little girls
they’re babbling about the dog
about school today
about something

and he looks around
like he can’t believe
it’s all just the way
it’s supposed to be

last saturday
he packed the sedan
doused the walls of the house
with water

covered the motorbike
left it out on the street

settled the girls in their seats
looked out
at the bare paddocks
that border Mellish Street

and the smoke
rising up
from the Buckland Gap

said a mental goodbye
took his darlings away
to safety

he’s wondering
if he should really have gone
the fire didn’t get this far
after all

but he looks at his girls

holds them close

and knows he’ll do it again
exactly the same
anytime smoke rises

© Frank Prem, 2010

To Poem #6: red door: no grange
Published in: The Australia Times Poetry Magazine VOL. 4 NO. 2 2016 

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